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Gaki: writing myself Real

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Tired. Had intended to write this evening. Spine feels like it's telescoping into a permanent slouch. Revised plan - curl up like a drowned kitten and play music, and watch the rain run down the windowpane.

A few curiosities for you:

French murder was from a different era.
We reckon it was pirates.

Next Generation - Kojima: "Games Are Not Art."
No doubt somewhere out there a fanboy's skin erupted in boils and pestilence, and his ThinkGeek shirt and cargo pants spontaneously morphed into sackcloth and ashes.

Vampire runs for office.
He's for impalings, I'm for impalings. I could see this.

Wired News: Games that Get your Groove On
Excerpt: Still, teledildonics has yet to prove itself to the adult toy industry, Machulis said. "People are going to have get used to having sex with machines."
This statement is funny whether you take it in context or out of context.

Questionable Content
My latest fave webcomic.

Something Awful's two articles on the worst game journalism of the year started a tiny shitstorm among people with far too much time on their hands to begin with. I happen to like reading material by both Kieron Gillen and Tim Rogers, which is the only reason why I bothered myself to read what were otherwise pretty dull attempts at comedy. Most of the debate came down to people arguing about what game journalism is and should be or do. I find that I have no serious interest in that debate. But it did get me to pondering.

I find that video games are interesting to me, not just in and of themselves, but as a cultural map, a series of reference points unique to the last three decades. I like reading Rogers and Gillen because they often use the language of gaming as a jump-off point to talk about other things besides gaming, to address the electronic interactive experience in a context wider than what star and point ratings the magazines are giving the latest EA title. But I hadn't stopped to really consider that most people who play games and even a major portion of those working in the game industry, don't give a shit about games anthropologically or socioculturally.

When it comes down to the New Games Journalismomgwtfbbq, I'm just plain more interested in the writing itself, than in the reviewer's analysis of the model animation quality, control scheme, or whether or not they feel the interface is intuitive. At the end of the day, the game's mechanical quality is something I feel I have to judge for myself; I'm as skeptical of these impressions as I am of all journalism, and tend to sift each review down to it's few objective assertions, which I will remember but not buy into until I've checked the game out for myself.

If someone tells me a game affected them, and how, that tells me a lot. It tells me more than if you say the analog responsivity isn't good enough, or the menu system is dense, or the voice acting is bad, because you might just be clumsy, slow, or have horrible taste. I can dispute your assertion that a game will produce a certain reaction in me. I can't dispute your assertion that it produces a certain reaction in YOU.

Moreover, isn't there room for both? Does it make any kind of sense to call gonzo journalism "bad?" Especially when it deals with realities that are virtual to begin with? Does anyone care? What are some things that people who DO care have in common...?

And then one unforeseen rant and one emergency call for media applications assistance later, it was midnight and shit.

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Questionable Content...My latest fave webcomic.

i just clicked on the link, and the first thing I read is about my favorite band, Belle and Sebastian. Any webcomic that can do B&S humor is great in my book.

i'm so quoting today's comic in my journal... :D

If Jack Tripper had listened to more Sonic Youth (and owned a tiny robot), the whole thing might have come out like Questionable Content. The art's bloody great, and the comic is updated like clockwork.

My actual FAVORITE is probably Something Positive, but QC definitely takes Best New Entry.

... in the... um... imaginary awards ceremony... in my head.


i've always been a huge Sluggy fan. I haven't read it in a few years (bad internet connection at home), but it always cracked me up...

I'm gonna check out Something Positive today...

This statement is funny whether you take it in context or out of context.

Hi, I'm the guy from the Wired article. Found you through Technorati. You are not safe.

Anyways, yeah, that's why I said it that way. It's the only way I'm going to rule the world, after all. Once machines become better that people (read: Jude Law bot from AI), I will have population control powers, and then the world is MINE! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE! BWAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! *Amalgamation of evil genius/scientist gestures*

Among the things I am not safe from, Technorati backtracking is the least of my concerns, along with death by shaved emu bombardment.

But! You builds the robotses! When your plan commences, I intend on serving my new inorganic masters with as much unfailing devotion as my inefficient organic systems can muster.

Also, you have neat links; thus, you have been "friended." Welcome to my information aggregate! Punch and pie are on the way.

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